Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced on Thursday that 20% of the new COVID-19 cases detected in Los Angeles County are people who have been vaccinated.
“The Delta variant changed the rules of the game,” Ferrer said. As the Delta variant promotes community transmission and increases in the number of positive cases in Los Angeles County, the percentage of breakthrough cases in the fully vaccinated population has also increased. On July 15, the daily average case rate was 7.1 cases per 100,000 people, and it soared to 12.9 cases on Thursday.
Ferrer said that one of the reasons more people get vaccinated is that more people get vaccinated.
“The more people get vaccinated, the more people will eventually test positive,” she said.
As the effects of California’s reopening on June 15 echoed in the area, more and more people began to interact.
“When there is more community transmission, it will affect…even those who have protection,” Ferrer added. “If more people around you are infected, the more likely you are to be infected.”
“These numbers will rise-including those who are vaccinated,” she said, “until we control the spread in the community. Wearing a mask will help.”
County Public Health Bureau Reimplement Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the use of indoor masks was required last week.
Only about 53% of Los Angeles County residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Approximately 58% of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 were vaccinated. And this young age group seems to have made a significant contribution to the rising number of cases, and as of Thursday, their positive case rate was 25 per 100,000.
Although there have been breakthrough positive cases among vaccinated populations in many areas, there are still good reasons for vaccination. People who are vaccinated are still more likely to resist the virus when exposed. People who are vaccinated are also unlikely to develop serious illness or death, and 90% of hospitalizations or deaths across the country occur in people who have not been vaccinated.
Ferrer said: “If you get the vaccine, your chances of being hospitalized, ICU, and intubated will be much smaller.”
Even in the face of an increasing number of breakthrough cases, people who have been fully vaccinated usually do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Testing for domestic travel is no longer recommended, although most international destinations require evidence of negative testing.
People who are vaccinated with symptoms can also choose to be tested. However, because many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of other minor infections and diseases, it is difficult to decide when to draw the line.
Catherine Curley, interim director of the Villanova Center for Public Health, said: “If you clearly know someone is positive and you think you have symptoms, I will go for a test.” tell Weekly newspaper In a previous interview. “I don’t know if it is necessary to test for this.”
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